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Congratulations to Edison student Dean Wilson ‘19

Dean was just named Community Leader for Land Locked Surfing, which means he is your point of contact if you live in Oregon and have questions about wake surfing.  Dean was selected because he is passionate about helping others discover the stoke of surfing outside of the ocean. Read More


July 12, 2017 - Edison’s summer program is designed to help middle school students reach their full potential. In the morning, our "classic" academic summer school program reinforces basic skills, while encouraging the higher-order thinking demanded in high school. Over the long summer vacation, students can lose the skills they were developing just as the school year ended. Our summer program helps maintain academic momentum, giving kids a "running start" into the next school year.  Today 25 summer school students and 5 staff members took a little field trip and spent the morning working at the Oregon Food Bank. They worked hard and in a few short hours had packaged 9,244 pounds of frozen corn on the cob.

Player of the Year Tucker Dordevic Achieves Big Goal


Tucker Dordevic spun away from two Sunset defenders and whipped a shot past the goalkeeper. Read More

May 21, 2017 - Oregon School Activities Association Honors Edison Senior Sally Inman
Sally received the OSAA Foundation Scholar Athlete award for maintaining a GPA of 3.50 or better and earning her varsity letter in track.
Congratulations Sally!

November 9, 2016 - Edison senior Tucker Dordevic signs his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for Syracuse.



For Jason Talley, playing for Jesuit is a matter of learning to learn with ADD.

By Mike Tokito | The Oregonian

Jason Talley ended up playing for Jesuit not because he was seeking football glory, but rather, because his parents wanted to give him a better chance at dealing with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder. Wendell and Phyllis Talley enrolled Jason, the youngest of their four children, in Edison High School, which is located on Jesuit’s Southwest Portland campus, but operates independently and specializes in teaching children with learning challenges.


Portland's Morrison Bridge will light up red for dyslexia awareness.

"My teachers and classmates didn't understand why I was struggling," says Nazle Taylor, a senior at Edison High School in Portland, which is specifically dedicated to addressing the needs of students with learning disabilities and differences. "With greater awareness about dyslexia, I hope fewer kids will experience the embarrassment I felt in elementary school."


Edison High School Newsletter Fall 2016

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

Edison’s freshman class and new transfer students were treated to an extra week of school this year. All indications are that it was a worthwhile (and fun!) week. Spear­headed by Carrie Lucas, one of our fantastic counselors, Edison held a week-long orientation class (Au­gust 15 – 19) for all new students. The class, Transition Tools, was developed to teach students with learning differences the specific skills they need to minimize chal­lenges and maximize their success during high school. The class cov­ered a myriad of high school readi­ness topics while incorporating fun getting-to-know-you activities.

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Edison High School Newsletter Winter 2015

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Thomas Edison High School is now Edison High School!

Two years ago Edison High School (formerly Thomas A. Edison High School) embarked on a self-reflecting journey. Under the expert leadership and creative genius that is HMH, Edison went through an enlightening process to analyze our school’s brand position. Ed Herinckx, President of HMH and past Edison parent, offered the guidance and expertise of his team as a way to give back to the school where his daughter thrived.

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Thomas Edison High School Newsletter Spring 2014

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Steve Beard named “Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator”

Congratulations to our own Steve Beard, recently named one of the top 16 Digital Innovators in the country! After a nationwide search by PBS LearningMedia, our Earth Science and Physics teacher, Mr. Beard, was selected as one of the most digitally savvy educators in the country.

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Thomas Edison High School Newsletter Winter 2013

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We’re Ahead of the Curve: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director

He phrase “ahead of the curve” refers to your position on the statistical bell curve, where the top of the curve represents the median, average result. Typical Edison students have average or above average intelligence, with varied performance along a standardized curve. Our goal is to “level the playing field,” helping our students perform at their highest potential, both academically and socially.

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Thomas Edison High School Newsletter Spring 2013

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Saving Energy: Edison Teachers Commute by Bicycle

It’s no secret that we Portlanders love our bicycles. Portland was rated America’s most bike-friendly city in 2012 by Bicycling magazine. Our city also has the largest number of bike commuters in any large U.S. city: 6% of all trips to work are by bike, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Based on data from the Census Bureau, this is about 11 times the national average. Here in Portland, about 17,000 workers commute by bicycle.

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Thomas A. Edison High School Newsletter Fall 2012

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Help Where It's Needed: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director

One thing I love about Edison is that our small classes and advisory groups help teachers recognize students’ needs. Along with our commitment to strong communication, this allows us to attend to our students’ needs as quickly and effectively as possible. Two areas of need have come to our attention over the last year: reading skills and executive processing skills. I’m very happy to be able to tell you about how we’re addressing those needs this year.

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Thomas A. Edison High School Newsletter Spring 2012

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Grandparents Day: A New Edison Tradition

“The students at Thomas Edison High School are genuine, funny, friendly, happy, smart, and most of all, open hearted because we all understand each other. We all know what it feels like to be ignored and alone in school. At Edison, for the first time, I wanted to be in school because I was happy.” Senior Sarah Friedman shared her story with an audience of Edison students, grandparents, and other special friends attending our very first Grandparents Day on April 6, 2012.

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Thomas A. Edison High School Newsletter Fall 2011

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Technology & Transitions: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director

There’s news, and there’s good news, and there’s great news. The news: the National Center for Learning Disabilities 2011 report concludes that major improvement is needed in the areas of technology and transitions. This report found that too few students with learning differences have access to the assistive technology they need, and too few LD students are involved in successful transitions planning. Now for the good news: technology and transitions have been areas of improvement at Thomas Edison High School for more than a decade.

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Thomas A. Edison High School Newsletter Spring 2011

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Our School's Father and Mother: A Tribute Long Overdue by Patrick Maguire, Director

Since Thomas Edison High School opened its doors as the “Tree of Learning” in 1973, many amazing people have helped the school survive and thrive. Among these fine folks, two figures loom larger than all of the rest in terms of their impact on the school: Fr. Jim Galluzzo and Mrs. Jocelyn Tuthill, the father and mother of Thomas A. Edison High School. Jim and Jocelyn are the twin pillars upon which our beloved school was built, and it is long past time to tell their stories.

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Thomas A. Edison High School Newsletter Fall 2010

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Preparing for the Future: A Message from Patrick J. Maguire, Director

Here at Edison, our mission statement is posted in every classroom and office: “Thomas Edison High School empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, while preparing them for the future.” We witness our students’ academic success and personal growth on a daily basis.  But what are we doing to prepare them for the future?

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